Gotta Watch: Living without limits
Kyle Maynard trains to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro.
January 26th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Living without limits

Today’s video of an armless Colombian man who repairs electronics inspired us. He says that he doesn’t want people to feel sorry for him. He’s in good company in these people who are doing great things despite their disabilities. Watch their stirring stories.

Climbing mountains – Kyle Maynard was born without arms or legs, but he hasn’t let that stop him from going for his dreams. CNN followed him as he trained to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Maynard reached the summit on January 15th, according to his website.

Actress and athlete – Aimee Mullins has a long list of accomplishments. She has modeled high fashion in London and broken world track and field records. She also has no legs. Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to her about her philosophy on life.

Young activist – A young Cambodian orphan with no hands and one leg was adopted by a family in Canada. Now he’s raising awareness for other orphans from his birth country. See what he’s doing to bring in money for others.

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  1. Troy

    @ Joogie: Both is correct. Kyle was born w/o arms or legs due to congenital amputation. The amputation happens in the womb instead of being performed by a doctor, but in either case it's still considered "amputation".

    @ BOMBO: Thanks for the laugh! I think we all know what to expect when it comes to comments on the internet. I'm sure Kyle wouldn't mind. He's endured plenty of offline comments too. The old adage, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" certainly applies to him. If I actually cared, I'd be interested in knowing what the authors of the foolish comments have ever accomplished in their life short of insulting a disabled person, which is quite a feat itself.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      thanks for that comment. i was wondering this also. a remarkable story for sure.

      January 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    The human spirit does transcend physical limitations, this is what the story tells. Indeed a courageous man.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tracy

    The photo caption reads "Mr. Kilimanjaro." Oops! Otherwise a great and inspiring article!

    January 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      That's Mt.(mountain) NOT Mr.

      January 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tracy

    The caption for the Cambodian orphan is also incorrect. He has no hands and a compromised leg. Come on CNN, do a better job.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. couldbelife

    And we got folks in the USA who can't get up to find a j-o-b?

    January 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Relictus

      Yes, people cannot find work. When I was unemployed, I always found it hard to find work. Those people have my understanding and sympathy.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.Me

      read my post @ the bottom, it will really tic you off!!!

      January 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rod Richardson

    Typo: Caption reads "no legs and one arm" but the child has actually no hands and one leg. Amazing stories none the less.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jesus Is Lord

    I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Relictus

      Christ grant you the capacity for reason and a better sense of personal responsibility. Amen.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alex

    wonderful inspirational videos ,Thank you

    January 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Relictus

    Stories about amputees overcoming their disability do not move me. What moves me is who these two people are in their hearts. That's what inspires me.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mr.Me

    great story!!!.....then you have people like my girlfriends exhusband.....who, had a brick dropped on his pinky finger (its still attached and works) hasn't worked in two years, doesn't support his kids, collects disability and is suing. he spends more time and energy "working" the "system"(our "system" allows him to do this), then if he actually got up and went to work every day.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter

    To learn more about inspiring, challenging and informative films about disability or films produced by disabled filmmakers, check out the "Picture this... film festival" in Calgary, Canada. This not-for-profit, award-winning international film festival celebrates eleven years this February. Check out the 2012 film catalogue at ptff(dot)org

    January 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hey, you're all thinking it, I just said it

    Spelling error in headline. Should say "Limbs" not "Limits".

    January 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dude

    How does one with no limbs repair electronics?

    January 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. the Internet Comic

    Wow, aren't they great. Let's give them a hand. BDUMP-BUMP.

    Hey, thank you. I'm here all week. Try the veal.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Srini

    Very Inspiring man.
    lucky to have such great Parents

    January 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
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